Q: My dog ate a dead animal. Is this okay?

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1 answer | Expired: 2034 days ago

Mary T.

Is it okay to let my dog have dead mice (maybe they’re moles — I can’t tell) that he finds outside?

Chosen Answer

Take away those deceased critters and substitute something safe for your dog to play with.

Indoor and outdoor rodents, appealing as they are to dogs, come with some health liabilities: diseases your dog can pick up from rodent bites, feces and urine, fleas and ticks — not to mention contaminated mouse meat or squirrel pâté. Leptospirosis is one such disease. Dead rodents might also contain rodenticide poison.

This is a good time to practice the “Drop it!” Command. Replace Mr. Mangled Mouse with a safe, chewable treat.

Thanks to the vets at BluePearl Veterinary Partners (bluepearlvet.com) for this answer.

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